@MemphisWSoccer Falls in Heart-Breaking Fashion to Rutgers
Nov. 8, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – A defensive battle was settled in penalty kicks and Rutgers advanced to the American Athletic Conference Tournament final behind Jessica Janosz three saves on Memphis’ penalty tries.
The Lady Tigers stepped to the spot first, but Kaitlyn Atkins attempt was saved. Erica Skroski was good for Rutgers to give the Scarlet Knights the early advantage. Freshman Valerie Sanderson missed a try for the Lady Tigers, but Maryse Bard-Martel stopped the try by Rutgers to keep it 1-0.
The third attempt by Memphis came by Kelley Gravlin and Janosz saved another. Bard-Martel made a second stop to keep it 1-0. Carly Cassady made it 1-1 with a conversion, but Rutgers nabbed the 2-1 advantage with a good boot by Tricia Dipalolo. Emily Adamic stepped to the spot for the Tigers final try and missed giving Rutgers the win via penalty kicks, 2-1.
Memphis controlled possession in the first half, but four saves by Jessica Janosz kept the U of M off the scoreboard. The Lady Tigers held a 7-2 edge in shots in the first half, but all four shots on goal failed to find the back of the net.
The Lady Tigers continued to control the pace of the match, but Rutgers kept the U of M off the scoreboard. Memphis out-shot the Scarlet Knights 3-0 in the period, but none of the shots were on frame.
Rutgers out-shot Memphis 3-0 in the overtime periods, but none of the shots found the frame. Memphis finished with a 10-5 shot advantage and kept Rutgers from putting a shot on goal.
Memphis finishes the season at 13-7-1, the 10th consecutive season with 10-plus wins. Christabel Oduro wraps up her career as the career scoring leader with 121 points on a school record 47 goals.